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July 10, 2015


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Clifford Brown and the Singers

Trumpeter Clifford Brown recorded only three sessions with vocalists—Dinah Washington, Helen Merrill, and Sarah Vaughan. And they all happened in 1954.

May 31, 2013


The LP cover for Stan Getz and Jimmy Rowles' THE PEACOCKS.

Stan Getz And Jimmy Rowles’ “The Peacocks”

Highlighting a 1970s masterpiece from two jazz veterans.

April 24, 2012



Out Of Nowhere: The Songs Of Edward Heyman

Some well-known songs by a little-known lyricist, sung by Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Billie Holiday, and others.

January 16, 2009


Dream sheet music

Street of Dreams

Musical reveries from the masters of American popular song.

January 9, 2009


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Afterglow: Best of 2008

This episode of Afterglow looks at some of the best new releases and reissues/historical releases from 2008.

December 26, 2008



Songs of the Season: Winter

Afterglow pays tribute to the winter with music from Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney, and others.

June 7, 2007


In the Good Old Summertime

Songs of the Season: Summer

Here comes the summer! The Lighthouse All-Stars, Nat King Cole, Antonio Carlos Jobim and more offer up warm-weather serenades.

March 24, 2007


Clifford Brown With Strings Album Cover

Ballads by Brownie

This week on Afterglow it’s “Ballads By Brownie", featuring music from trumpeter Clifford Brown.

September 16, 2006


Nancy Wilson Album Cover

Something Old, Something New: Nancy Wilson

Nancy Wilson has been a mainstay on the jazz vocal scene ever since her breakthrough 1961 album with saxophonist Cannonball Adderley.

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